Lofgren and Butterfield On Eighth Anniversary Of Shelby County Decision

Jun 25, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) released the following statement today marking the eighth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which invalidated key portions of the 2006 Voting Rights Act reauthorization and left American voters vulnerable to the tactics of suppression and discrimination:

“Since the 2020 election, at least 389 bills with restrictive voting provisions have been introduced in 48 states.  The adoption of discriminatory bills, aimed at suppressing and disenfranchising minority voters and advanced on a baseless pretext of election fraud, follow the Supreme Court’s disastrous 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder,” said Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren and Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G. K. Butterfield.

“Following the Supreme Court’s decision, some states moved to enact restrictive voting laws.  Now, fueled by the Big Lie, Republican lawmakers in many more states are gearing up their dangerous assault on voting rights to keep power.

“Over the past several months, the Subcommittee on Elections has held a series of hearings on the structural and administrative obstacles to voting following the Shelby County decision.  The Subcommittee found clear evidence of suppressive voting laws that pose a threat to free and fair access to the ballot.  In particular, persistent discrimination in voting law changes such as purging voter registration rolls, cutbacks to early voting, polling place closures and movement, voter ID requirements, lack of language access and assistance, and discriminatory gerrymandering of legislative districts and the state, local, and federal level demonstrate the Congress must intervene to protect the right to vote.

“On this eighth anniversary of the Shelby County decision, Congress is committed to enacting legislation that will restore necessary provisions of the Voting Rights Act, prevent attempts to suppress and disenfranchise American voters, and ensure all voters can make their voices heard.”

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Congress Number: 
117th Congress